I’m a 50-year-old retired technician. Is it worth trying to become a front-end developer at this age, or will ageism become a problem for me in the IT industry?
Nowadays, ageism is so prevalent that even Intel, a technology company, had laid off eight older workers in 2015. Ageism mainly occurs in IT; because people believe that seniors cannot comprehend the technology and that young people have a better understanding of these things. This false belief may result in losing IT professionals, and consequently, career decline. Significantly, many IT professionals are getting close to retirement, affecting this discrimination.
As David Miklas, the attorney of management, labour, and employment, says, many startups tend to employ younger workers, which is more accurate in the tech industry. He also mentions the wrong conceptions about seniors being afraid to learn new things about technology. Many employers fire or don’t hire older workers with this belief in mind.